ASI Senior Fellow Lars Christensen discusses Finland’s EU membership on Bloomberg TV

Senior Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute Lars Christensen discussed whether Finland’s membership in the European Union is preventing the country from thriving on Bloomberg TV.

Watch here.

EU Treaty Changes – Senior Fellow Tim Ambler’s letter in the Daily Telegraph

Senior Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute Tim Ambler published a letter with the Daily Telegraph on bilateral treaties within the EU:

SIR – It takes at least four years to set up an intergovernmental meeting to make EU treaty changes, by which time the referendum will be long gone.

The only way agreements can be made binding is through bilateral treaties between EU members undertaking to include the agreements in the next round of treaty changes. Such bilateral agreements are allowed by EU protocols but have not yet been used for this purpose.

In addition to being both precise and binding, Brussels would not be able to frustrate the process.

Tim Ambler
Senior Fellow, Adam Smith Institute
London SW1

Read the letter online here.

Dr Madsen Pirie’s comments on the greenbelt feature in the IBTimes

Dr Madsen Pirie’s comments on the greenbelt feature in the International Business Times UK:

“The first step in re-evaluation might be to classify greenbelt land into the different types that comprise it,” wrote Dr Madsen Pirie of the Adam Smith Institute think tank back in March.

“There is genuinely green land, the fields and woods that everyone likes. There is damaged or brownfield land, partly made up of abandoned buildings, gravel pits and the like. And there is farmland, much of which is not environmentally friendly.”

An earlier report by the Adam Smith Institute said that one million homes could be built within walking distance from a station on just 3.7% of the green belt land surrounding the city.

Read the full article here.